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Set the Heart Free: A Super Bible School Activity for Preschoolers for Psalm 119:28, 32
by Kathy Vincent
11/15/2010 / Education
Psalm 119:28, 32 says this: "Strengthen me according to Your Word. I run in the path of your commands for you have set my heart free." Isn't "heart free" a great phrase? I believe God's greatest desire for all His children is that their hearts would be set free to worship Him and to glorify Him. Here is a fun Bible school activity to help even your little ones begin to understand this truth.
Here's what you do:
For this Bible school activity you will need a large cardboard or foam core square about 16" to 18" big. (I like the foam squares better because you can find them in colors and it's also thicker and stronger than cardboard. ) You will also need some thick black yarn and a red construction paper heart almost as big as your square and a small dab of removable tacky adhesive. Laminate the heart and stick the heart into the center of the square. Now cut 6 slits on each side of the square about one-half inch long equidistantly apart. Secure one end of the yarn onto the back of the square and pull it through one of the slits. Continue wrapping the yarn around the square, criss-crossing back and forth. The heart should now be somewhat hidden. You are now ready to share this Bible school activity.
Introduce Psalm 119:28, 32 in the following way: Boys and girls, do you see the heart inside my square? (Wait for response.) Is this heart free or is it all tangled up inside? (Wait for response.) You're right. This heart is not free. I think it makes God sad when our hearts are not free to love Him. Psalm 119:28, 32 says this: "Strengthen me according to Your Word. I run in the path of your commands for you have set my heart free." Would you guys like to help me free this heart? (Wait for response.) Good. We are going to say our Bible verse together. I'll say some words first, then you repeat after me. After each word I hear you say, I will pull away a piece of the yarn. When we get to the end of the verse, our heart will be free! Yipee!
At this point, hold up the square and as directed above, you will say the first word of Psalm 119:28, 32 and have the children repeat that word. Undo the first section of yarn by releasing it from its notch. Continue to do this until all the yarn has been undone. Take the heart off the square and fly it around as if it were free. Your little ones will really enjoy this part. Wrap the square again and do the activity again. On the following times, you might allow a child to un-notch a portion of yarn. Happy heart freeing!
Kathy Vincent is the director of the children's ministry, "The Scripture Lady." For over 2 decades, she has creatively shared the Bible to thousands of children through toe-tapping Bible songs, engaging Bible review games and captivating object lessons that all point to Jesus!
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